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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. Join the club at NPR.org/pchh.More from Pop Culture Happy Hour »

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Small Batch: Swiss Army Man

Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek debate the merits of Swiss Army Man, the new indie comedy referred to as the Daniel Radcliffe farting corpse movie.

Small Batch: Swiss Army Man

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Small Batch: Comic-Con Dispatches

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, hear two dispatches from this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego. First, panelist Glen Weldon explores hard science fiction. Then, NPR Books editor Petra Mayer reports on Wonder Woman fandom in honor of her 75th birthday. (Glen Weldon's piece originally aired on Weekend All Things Considered on July 23, 2016. Petra Mayer's piece originally aired on Weekend Edition Sunday on July 24, 2016.)

Small Batch: Comic-Con Dispatches

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Ghostbusters and Mr. Robot

All Things Considered Host Ari Shapiro joins the gang for a discussion of the new Ghostbusters film and the return of the television thriller Mr. Robot.

Ghostbusters and Mr. Robot

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On Endings And Road Trips

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, we revisit an episode from summer 2012. Linda Holmes talked with Stephen Thompson, Trey Graham and Glen Weldon about pop culture finales — from television shows like Six Feet Under, Community, M.A.S.H., Buffy the Vampire Slayer and LOST to books like Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and comics like Calvin And Hobbes, Sandman and Y: The Last Man. Then, a look at road trips and the pop culture they use to occupy and distract and energy while in the car. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

On Endings And Road Trips

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Small Batch: Pokemon Go

Pop Culture Happy Hour's Glen Weldon and Stephen Thompson discuss the game: its allure and ubiquity, its backlash and glitches, and its zeitgeist-y collision of gaming, community and nostalgia.

Small Batch: Pokemon Go

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The BFG and The Great British Baking Show

NPR Books editor Petra Mayer joins the panel to discuss The BFG specifically and Steven Spielberg movies in general. Then they move on to talk of crumpets and The Great British Baking Show.

The BFG and The Great British Baking Show

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The Giant Foam Finger: Who's Afraid of a Superteam?

Pop Culture Happy Hour's Stephen Thompson and Code Switch's Gene Demby discuss Kevin Durant's move to the Golden State Warriors: Is it good for basketball? Is this the wave of the mercenary future?

The Giant Foam Finger: Who's Afraid of a Superteam?

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The State of the Sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, and a Quiz

Code Switch's Gene Demby joins the panel for a discussion of the state of the sequel and why we decided not to go deep on Independence Day: Resurgence. Then, the gang takes a quiz all about sequel taglines.

The State of the Sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, and a Quiz

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Small Batch: Game of Thrones

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. All Things Considered host Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show. (This segment originally aired on All Things Considered on June 27th, 2016.)

Small Batch: Game of Thrones

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Small Batch: UnREAL's Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin chats with Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, the co-creator of Lifetime's UnREAL and a former producer of The Bachelor. (A shorter version of the interview aired on Weekend Edition Sunday on June 5, 2016.)

Small Batch: UnREAL's Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

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